The Central Oregon Flyline
Online Newsletter of the Central Oregon Flyfishers

March 2001

Bahia Conception - Baja
March 2001
Photo by Gordon Chandler

Random Casts
Upstream events
New Members
February Program
Meeting Date and Location
Project Calender
Outings 2001
FFF Expo
Fly Tying Expo
Fly Tying Demo Report
Kokanee Karnival Korner
Bulletin Board
Support Our Local Flyshops
Officers and Board Members
COF Committees

Random Casts

The past month has been a busy one. We had a great presentation by Art and the crew on the Kokanee Karnival at the February meeting; Mark and Ken were busy preparing for the Annual Banquet; Bill Lundy was getting everything ready for the Fly Tying Demo and Tommie was trying to get all of the membership info ready for release by March 3rd. And there is still preparation for the Sportsmen's Show March 8-11. What a month!

If you've been hearing reports about the Metolius, and the elusive Bull Trout, here's a tip for you. Try some real big (up to 11") ugly, articulated leeches. Preferably dark green on the back and dark yellow/gold on the belly. Also heard that one that looked like a Tabby cat's tail worked well too.

Lot's of things on the horizon for those that want to get involved, learn more and do more. Lots of Fish Dissection classes have been asked for by local schools, in April it's the Kid's Angling Clinic and a full summer of conservation efforts. (Tommie will give you more on that in another article).

I'm really impressed with the number of renewals on the membership roster. We're already ahead of what we projected for the year in Members and continuing to grow each month. Makes a person feel good to know that we have what others are looking for and, along that line, we are working at improving past practices and starting some new ones. With the questionnaire we are working on putting together some "classes" on several of the requests and looking forward to getting in more responses to help us better determine just what it is you want. Watch future newsletters for more info on what is developing.

Finally, as I said at the meeting, that I am both a Member and serving as the President with pride. I feel that it really is a great honor to be allowed to serve in this capacity. When you look at all that the members provide in hours and miles, what that saves schools, State and Federal agencies, and accomplishes towards improving the fisheries for tomorrow it's almost overwhelming. Pat yourself on the back for your past practices and let's see if we can set a new standard in 2001 for time well spent on projects.

See you at the March meeting.


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MARCH 2001

Thursday, 3/1, 7 P.M.
COF Board Meeting at the Environmental Center in Bend
Saturday, 3/3, 6:00 P.M.
COF Annual Banquet - This year's Banquet is a celebration of "The Central Oregon Outdoor Adventure" The speaker is Terry Steele an outdoor adventure photographer.
Thurs. thru Sunday, 3/8 thru 3/11
Sportsmen's Show at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. COF volunteers will be at the COF Booth and in charge of the Kid's Fishing Pond.
Saturday, 3/17
Angler Education Workshop Certification
Wednesday, 3/21
COF Monthly Meeting Alice Elshoff of Malheur Wildlife Association will give a presentation on the Steens Mountains (and Malheur Wildlife Refuge) including the Blitzen River rehab project. She will be joined by Ric Roy, fisheries biologist and Bill Marlette who was instumental in helping fashion the Steens legislation. Alice's husband Cal has been heading up the Steens mountain redband survey in an effort to expand the range of this wonderful salmonoid
Dates not set
Malheur National Wildlife Association Upper Blitzen River Riparian Enhancement


Thursday, 4/5, 7 P.M.
COF Board Meeting at the Environmental Center in Bend.
No date set, 2nd week, 1 day
Deschutes Willow Planting
No date set, 3rd week, 1 day
Redd survey
Tues. thru Thurs., 4/17 thru 4/19 and Tues. thru Thurs., 4/24 thru 4/26
Kids Angling Clinic Classes in the morning and fishing in the afternoon at Shevlin Park and Pond. This is one of COF's largest volunteer events and all help is welcome. Call Art McEldowney at (541) 385-6785 to volunteer.
Wednesday, 4/18, 6:30 P.M.
COF Monthly Meeting - This is the annual conservation program with Wayne And Patty Bowers discussing Projects for the year and Tim Unterwegner, district biologist for the John Day, will also give a report. Bob Speik and Patty Bowers will collaborate in making a slide presentation showing how these projects work.


Thursday, 5/3 7 P.M.
COF Board Meeting at the Environmental Center in Bend
Saturday, 5/5, 8 A.M.
Environmental Center Salmon Run The run starts and finishes at The Athletic Club of Bend
Wednesday, 5/16, 6:30 P.M.
COF Monthly Meeting - Brian O'Keefe will present a customized program to fit our members responses to the questionnaire handed out by President Phil Hager at the January Meeting. There will be a discussion period, suitable for all, with particular focus on fly fishing the local Oregon lakes and streams.

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New COF Members!

  • Andrew and Mary K. Spanogle
  • Ken And Paula Stevenson
  • Barry and Linda Olson
  • Dave and Terry Chaney
  • Don Parker and Kathy Goldsmith
  • Neal and Gertrude Goldsmith
  • Brad Carr
  • Don Chen
  • Dove Moyers
Introduce yourselves to these new Members at the next COF Meeting.

All New Members need to pick up their free copy of "Harry Teal"s No Nonsense Guide to Fly Fishing Central and Southeastern Oregon" from Bill Lundy at the Welcome table at the next monthly Meeting.

See you there.

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March COF Program

Alice Elshoff of Malheur Wildlife Association will give a presentation on the Steens Mountains (and Malheur wildlife refuge) including the Blitzen River rehab project - that COFers have been volunteering many hours on. She will be joined by Ric Roy, fisheries biologist and Bill Marlette who was instumental in helping to fashion the Steens legislation. Few anglers are more accomplished than Alice's husband Cal who has been heading up the Steens mountain redband survey in an effort to expand the range of this wonderful salmonoid.

Click here for meeting time and location

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COF Meeting Date and Location

The Central Oregon Flyfishers meet on the third Wednesday of the month at The Central Oregon Association of Realtors, 2112 N.E. 4th Street, Bend,Oregon.

The Monthly gatherings start at 6:30 PM and the program begins at 7:00PM.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Invite a neighbor or friend to join us at the next meeting.

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Angler Ed training
Egg deliveries to Central Oregon


Egg Deliveries to local schoolslate
Fish Dissection instructionFeb.24
Fly tying ExpoFeb. 24


Sportsmen's ShowMar. 8,9,10,11
Angler Ed Workshop CertificationMar. 17
Mal. Wildlife Assoc. Upper Blitzen Riparian Enhancement March through Sept


Deschutes Willow plantingApr. 2nd week, 1 day
Redd surveysApr. 3rd week, 1 day
Kids Angling Clinic (Shevlin)Apr 17-19, 24-26
RB Spawning Surveys (Deschutes)Apr. End sometime


Salmon Run (Environmental Center)May First week
View Platform ConstructionMay Weather Permitting
Bend Parks Fly Casting- FeeMay 7, 14, 21, June 4, 9
Fall River Fin ClippingMay 2nd to 3rd week
Suttle Lake Outdoor schoolMay last week
Parks and Rec. Angler Ed-feeMay 3, 10, 17, 24 - Adult & Youth - Thurs.


Adopt - A Road Clean UpJune - combine with Hosmer Outing?
National Fish Week, Wiz. FallsJune 9?, approximately
Council On Aging Senior FairJune 2nd Wednesday
Boys and Girls Club Fly FishingJune - July weekly


? COF ClassJuly 4 weeks
Drake Park Casting LessonsJuly 4
Bend Parks Fly-CastingJuly 4 wks and 1 in Aug
High Lakes Fish Stocking - LlamasJuly 7 0r 14 (Saturday)
Camp -outs ODFWJuly 3rd and 4th weeks?


Camp -outs ODFWAug. 3rd week?
Spawning Survey, MalheurAug. end?
? COF classAug. 4 weeks
COF Annual PicnicAug. 15


Malheur BT Spawn Surv. (camp)Sept. 2nd and 4th weeks?
Metolius BT Redd SurveyMid September
KK MetoliusSept. 18, 19, 20, 21
KK Browns CreekSept. 25, 26, 27, 28


Deschutes River RestorationOct.? May be postponed until Spring
Egg Display Rack ConstructionOct.? If needed
Eastern Oregon Egg deliveriesOct. 23,24,25,26, (27?)


Egg deliveries to Central OregonNov. first week
Crooked River Cleanup, LunchNov. end


Bend Christmas ParadeDec 1? Saturday


The Outings Schedule for this year, that runs from May through October, has not been finalized as yet. The plan is to present it to you at the April Meeting and it will probably not appear in the Newsletter until May.

Some of the Outings may include a presentation or "class" on fly fishing, beginning, intermediate, or advanced. These might be mini classes on fly presentation, selecting the proper fly, a little Entomology, how to read the water, how to interpret the rises, learning from others or other necessary information for a successful experience.

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Tyers from all over the Northwest will be gathering at Wheeler Pavilion in Eugene Oregon on Saturday, March 24th for the 13th Annual Fly Tyer's Exposition. There will be one hundred and fifty enthusiastic tyers representing the United States and Canada exhibiting their skills in this premier tying event. Admission to this event is $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 12 will be admitted free if an adult accompanies them.

There will be tying demonstrations, tying material for sale, a silent auction and raffles ending with a Banquet Dinner, awards presentations and an oral auction. Advance tickets are available through March 16 for $15 and later tickets will be $18. Contact Oregon Council FFF, 2449 Charnelton Street, Eugene OR 97405-3213, Bob Rasmussen at (541) 687-9562. The proceeds support many education and conservation projects.

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Before beginning this article, we'd like to offer our condolences to Bill Lundy, who lined up the tiers, location, date and logistics for this year's demo. Unfortunately, Bill had to forego the fun part, actually running the event, due to the unexpected passing of his mother. Bill, with our sincere sympathy, thanks for all you did to make the event happen. Many people benefited from your hard work.

Saturday, Feb 24th, GI Joe's did another super job as sponsor of our Annual Fly Tying Demo. The personalized Pepsi event banners did a great job in drawing in a good-sized crowd in the Mountain View Mall, who provided comfortable surroundings. This year, we set up in front of the old K-Mart and were sharing the mall with a Pinewood Derby at the south end. From beautiful comparaduns to exotic saltwater creations, our generous team of excellent tiers wowed everyone with their craftsmanship. The superb work of our professional tiers was complemented by a couple of talented junior tiers, Brett Pledger, 12, and Jamie Nicholson, 13. What a treat to have a couple of fine young men like Brett and Jamie helping form the foundation for the future of our beloved sport.

All of our tiers were generous with their time, information, techniques and secrets. Please thank the following (buy some flies and book a trip) as soon as you get a chance: Paul Wolflick, The Fly Box; Peter Bower, Patient Angler; Merril Hummer, Numb Butt Fly Co.; Linda Foote and Phil Brummett, Sunriver Fly Shop; Cory Godell, Deschutes River Outfitters; Dusty Harris, GI Joe's; Jim Dexter and Dave Greaves, The Hook Fly Shop; and Tom Shuman, Dan Driskill and Andy Sandwick of COF. Additionally, the tiers were generous in donating flies for framing and auctioning by the Native Fish Society, a strong, non-profit, science-based voice on behalf of the native fish populations of the Northwest.

GI Joe's was again very generous in providing over 40 items, from outdoor clothing and polarized sunglasses to fly-tying materials for door prizes, which were cheerfully announced and given out by our "never at a loss for words" President, Phil Hager. Phil also did a super job getting around interacting with those in attendance and putting COF's best foot forward, as did our other members. Attendance was not as high as last year, but the looks on the faces of all those who marveled at the creativity and skill they witnessed spelled success.

For reasons unknown, Umpqua Feather Merchants was unable to attend, along with their vises, tools and materials, putting a definite crimp in our fly tying instruction. GI Joe's generously stood ready to provide backup materials from their inventory. These, however remained unused, due to the delay waiting for Umpqua's arrival along with a surprising absence of youth this year. Regretfully then, we were unable to capitalize on this segment of the program.

A generous contingent of club members helped with setup, administration and tear down. Thanks to all of you for jumping in and making it all happen. If you didn't sign in, please let Tommie Speik know, along with your mileage to and from the event.

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Fly Tying Demo Report

It was another good year for the Fly Tying demo and, even though the number of people that stopped by was lower than last year, that turned out to be good for those that are really interested in Fly Tying. The setup at the North end of the mall provided a much better working space and made it much easier for the viewers to get a "close" look at what it takes to tie flies correctly.

While the demo was taking place we also had 14 people sign up for "basics" in flyfishing. Based on that we will be holding some classes

on various topics in fly fishing like how to choose the right rod, the right line, how to tie knots, how to choose the right flies and basics in casting. Along with that we also had some that were interested in the intermediates like improving the casting skills, fly presentation and improving some of their other skills. We will let you know when those classes will be happening and you're more than welcome to attend, assist or learn.

A special thanks to all of the tiers that were there and to G. I. Joe's for providing the sponsorship. Thanks go to Peter Bowers at the Patient Angler in Bend, Merrill Hummer at Numb Butt Fly in Madras, Linda Foote and Phil Brummett for Sunriver Fly Shop, Paul Wolflick at the Fly Box in Bend, Cory Goodell for Deschutes River Outfitters, Jim Dexter and Dave Greaves for The Hook Fly Shop in Sunriver, Dusty Harris for G. I. Joe's, Jamie Nicholson, Brett Pledger, Tom Shuman, Dan Driskill and Andy Sandwick on behalf of COF and the COF Members that were there to assist in the function itself.

The Fly Tying demo serves several purposes. First, it shows that nearly anyone can tie flies. Second, it shows that tying flies is a time that is both relaxing and rewarding. Third, it helps in developing a better knowledge of what flies work where and, finally, it gives the general public a place to go and ask questions about flyfishing. Get ready for next years demo and a chance to help even more decide if flyfishing is something they might want to try.

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This is March already and we still don't have any project dates lined up for you so here is the COF master calendar with the dates that we do know and other approximate dates; we will have to hope that agency project dates will enable us to do the volunteering that we all would like to do.

COF is no longer a club of 50 to 80 Members; we have about 200 interested people now plus their significant others and it takes time to gather volunteers for any project or event even if we use e-mail. The Members must be notified by Newsletter or monthly meeting well ahead of time so that individual calendars can be checked, friends gathered, and a signup sheet be made available at the following meeting. For example, by the February Newsletter deadline for an April project, or the April Newsletter for a June event. This process will enable volunteers to plan their vacations (maybe at a project), know when to tell visitors or family is the best time to visit, make their own appointments or plan their own fishing time.

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Date: March 8, 9, 10 & 11.
Location: Deschutes County Fairgrounds.
Purpose: Raise funds for the Kokanee Karnival
Event: The 2001 Sportsmen's Show

This is the 2nd year of this event and once again we have been called on to assist. Last year it was through the ODFW that we helped at the Fish Pond for Kids, but this year Central Oregon Flyfishers and The Sunriver Anglers will be doing it without the ODFW. (Cutbacks, etc. have created problems there). There is some good news, and some even

better news regarding this year at the "Pond".

First, the good news is we have been offered payment for our time with that money being directed to the Kokanee Karnival fund. This allows a chance to see, and help, some of the kids catch a fish for the first time, and believe me that makes the whole thing worthwhile.

The even better news is that this year we don't have to clean all of the fish caught. We will supply the bags for the kids to haul the fish in, but it's up to them (or their parents) to clean the fish. None of the back pain that some of us saw last year.

Other good news is it won't be in a series of separate tents connected together, but it will be one major tent (500' in length) that will have dividing walls for the different sections. Add to that the free pass that each volunteer receives and who could ask for more, and we do need more volunteers.

If you would like to help out on this fundraiser for a few hours give Phil a call at 317-1075 and he'll give you the schedule so you can choose your time to help out.

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Angler Education Instructor Training (the old Master Anglers Program) will be conducted at ASPEN Hall in Shevlin Park on March 24 from 8:15 A.M. to about 4:30 P.M. Lunch will be provided. Kokanee Karnival has 18 schools signed up for Angler Ed this year plus a request for an Angler Ed course by Parks and Rec. in May. The training will enable attendees to work with schoolteachers in teams to conduct the very popular activity. ODFW or Kokanee Karnival will provide all equipment and training aids.

On March 15 Kokanee Karnival volunteers will provide a background type of program at the Sunriver Angler (SRA) monthly meeting. This program will outline Kokanee Karnival programs including the equipment used. A similar program was conducted at the Central Oregon Flyfisher meeting in February and was well attended. If you missed the COF meeting, please plan to visit the SRA meeting, which will be held at the Fire Station near circle three in Sunriver starting at 7:00 P.M.

The Kokanee Karnival "Kids Angling Clinic" will be at Aspen Hall from April 17 through 19 and 24 through 26. This is where it all comes together for the 4th and 5th graders in the Kokanee Karnival Comprehensive Program. Please set these dates aside to help make this the exciting day the children are anticipating. More information will be included in the April newsletter including a brief description of the various "stations". Prior training is not necessary to help with this program. As occurred last year, Mountain View Highschool Biology Students are being invited to help with the program. Such participation helps Kokanee Karnival provide activities to a wider range of school grades. Please plan to give KK a hand.

Art McEldowney

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Gordon Chandler was kind enough to set up a Bulletin Board for the Club before he headed to Mexico. This Board can be used for both posting info and looking for info from other Club members.

If you have something to sell you can post it on the BB, just don't use it commercially. If you are looking to buy something you can post on the BB and see if anybody responds.

The Bulletin Board is located at:

Check it out.
Phil @ COF

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Please remember to let COF know if there is any change in your e-mail address, your mailing address or your phone number. It makes it much easier to contact you, whenever it may be necessary, if you keep us up to date. Thanks.

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Support Our Local Flyshops


  • Deschutes River Outfitters, 61115 S. Hwy 97, 388-8191
  • The Fly Box, 1293 NE 3rd St., 388-3330
  • The Patient Angler, 55 NW Wall St., 389-6208
  • Fly & Field Outfitters, 143 SW Century Dr, Suite A, 318-1616
  • Numb-Butt Fly Co., 1012 NW Wall St., Ste 55, 330-6376
  • G.I. Joe’s, 63455 N. Hwy 97, 388-3773


  • Camp Sherman Store, Camp Sherman, 595-6711


  • Cent Wise Sporting Goods, 498 SW 6th Street, 548-4422


  • The Fly Fisher’s Place, 151 W. Main, 549-3474


  • The Hook Fly Shop, Sunriver Village Mall, Bldg. 21, 593-2358
  • Sunriver Fly Shop, 56805 Venture Lane, 593-8814


  • Numb-Butt Fly Co., 380 N. Hwy 26, Madras, OR 97741, 325-5515

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2001 COF Officers & Board Members



Board Members


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COF Committees

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